ArtBox Instructors include professionals, established artists, and business experts in the fields of branding, the arts, finance, writing, fund raising, photography, videography, legal issues, business planning, event production, and more. These experts understand the arts and the needs of artists.
Below are some of the instructors who will work with the ABI class of 2016. Additional instructors will be added in the fall, including professionals from successful art galleries, and non-profit organizations.
Alyson Stanfield, of Golden, Colorado, helps artists promote their art more effectively, sell more of it, and make more money. Her work is distinguished by extensive experience working with viewers of art, in addition to working with artists themselves. She founded ArtBizCoach.com in 2002 and is the author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion.
She began consulting with artists informally in the early 1990s in her role as a museum curator. When she left museums, her artist-friends approached her for help and advice. Everyone wanted an agent! A little research into that field led Alyson to conclude that she wouldn’t be doing artists any favors by doing all of the work for them. Instead, she decided to teach artists the skills they need for a successful career. She’s so good at teaching the “correct” way to do things that her friend calls her “The Martha Stewart of the Art Business.” Almost everything Alyson teaches artists to do, she’s doing herself for her business.
Gabriel Temme is a sculptor and currently does freelance puppet making and sculptural fabrication. He has worked as a puppet fabricator and mold maker for feature films The Boxtrolls and Paranorman. He also worked on Laika’s current film Kubo, which is coming out in 2016.
Gabriel began his professional career as a tool and die maker for a small manufacturing shop directly out of high school. Within the five year span as a machinist and designer he began his pursuit of art by attending Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut for one school year. In 2005 he moved to Calgary to finish his BFA at Alberta College of Art and Design with a focus in sculpture. His return to Portland in 2009 brought a variety of freelance work in the arts and a position at Laika inc as a mold maker and stop motion Puppet fabricator until July 2015. Currently he is working as a freelance mold maker and puppet fabricator while pursuing his own art practice at a studio in Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland Oregon.
Lauren Walden Rabb is an art historian and author. She worked for a number of years as gallery manager for Hollis Taggart Galleries (NYC), and upon moving to Tucson opened her own gallery, The Gallery at Sixth and Sixth. In 2009 she became the Curator of the University of Arizona Museum of Art, a position she held until 2013 when she left and became Curator of Tucson Medical Center’s new Healing Art Program. Lauren has three published novels: Walking Through Time (1998), Interview with Mrs. Berlinski (2005), and The Rise and Fall of the Trevor Whitney Gallery (2014). Her shorter writings about art have appeared in the literary magazines The Whistling Fire, Driftwood Press, and The Vignette Review; another was recently acquired by Still Point Arts Quarterly.
For more than twenty years, Tom Alexander has been creating beautiful images as a portrait, commercial and landscape photographer. He is considered Flagstaff’s foremost expert when it comes to photographing artwork, and has done this work for most of Flagstaff’s best artists, including Joe Sorren, Shonto Begay, and more. Tom is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program at Northern Arizona University. He operates his studio and business, Tom Alexander Photography, in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Jenean Merkel Perelstein
As a socio-cultural anthropologist, Jenean Merkel Perelstein has studied behavior change across many different cultures. From the markets and prisons of India to the boardrooms of the United States, she has learned and implemented change strategies that have saved lives and made fortunes. Jenean has worked as a medical anthropologist under programs sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control and the McArthur Foundation and was CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff. As a business strategist she mentors startup and existing businesses owners grow to reach their potential.
Jenean thrives most when she is helping people play big at what they do best. As creator of the Welcoming Abundance Blueprint, she teaches people to get out of their own way, create lasting change in their lives and welcome the success they deserve.
Dr. James Burns
James Burns assumed the directorship of the University of Arizona Museum of Art in September 2014. Most recently he held the position of Executive Director for the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg, Arizona, where he transformed a once small-town historical museum into a nationally recognized center for Western art, history, and culture.
Burns holds a B.A. in History from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Public History from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University. He is a graduate of the Getty’s Museum Management Institute, and has worked in history, anthropology, and art museums since 1990 at organizations in Arizona, Georgia, Virginia, and Louisiana, including the Museum of Northern Arizona, the Booth Western Art Museum, the Louisiana State Museum, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Arizona State Museum, and the Atlanta History Center.
Kerryn Negus is an arts producer working in film and theatre. During her 12-year career in the Los Angeles film industry, Negus worked across the fields of acquisition, development, and marketing and PR. As Vice President of the LA office of DDA, the largest independent PR agency in the entertainment sector, her client roster included Miramax Films, New Line Films and Summit International and she regularly represented films and film companies at the Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals. In 2003, Negus joined forces with partner Wolfe Bowart to create SpoonTree Productions. Since then, Negus has produced more than fifty international tours and festival seasons of SpoonTree’s theatre works. In late 2014, Negus was invited to co-produce the Tucson Festival of Films in Tucson, Arizona, working with the city’s tourism and film offices, and securing the participation of director Martin Scorsese and film greats Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd among others. The inaugural festival took place in October 2015.
Playwright and performer Wolfe Bowart is devoted to creating and presenting theatre productions that engage cross-generational audiences in theatrical experiences that evoke thought, wonder and laughter. Under the banner of his company SpoonTree Productions, Bowart performs and tours internationally his original physical theatre works The Shneedles, LaLaLuna, Letter’s End and The Man the Sea Saw. His works have garnered Helpmann Award® (the Australian equivalent of the Tony Award®) nominations in the categories of Best Touring Production and Best Visual/Physical Theatre Production, and were honored at the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards. His productions have been seen in 17 countries worldwide. Alongside regular tours of Australasia, Europe and the Americas, he recently premiered his works in China and the Middle East. As a writer, Bowart has written for stage and screen for the Mark Taper Forum and the USA Network among others. Bowart is the recipient of the 2013 Creative Development Fellowship, awarded by the WA Department of Culture and the Arts.
A graduate of San Francisco’s Academy of Art, illustrator and muralist Wythe Bowart’s commissions grace public spaces from store exteriors to giant city welcome murals. His illustrations can be seen in the pages and on the covers of magazines and newspapers. His canvases have been included in countless solo and group exhibitions in California. In 2001 he co-founded Bristle Bros alongside fellow painter Josh Powell. Recently selected as ‘preferred artists’ by the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Bristle Bros have an ongoing public works partnership with the Bay Area’s Hayward City Council. Among many commissions, the Bristle Bros recently participated in the ‘Pulse of Nature’ mural in San Leandro, which, at 360’x 60′, is one of the largest illustrated murals in the western United States. In 2011, Wythe collaborated with his brother, the physical theatre artist Wolfe Bowart, to create the set pieces and puppets for the touring production The Man the Sea Saw and joined the national Australian tour as production designer, stage manager and on-set artist.
Luann is a member of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountant and offers support to a variety of non-profit entities. She has been a long-time Flagstaff resident and enjoys hikes with her family.
His passions exist mainly in the mixture between business and art: helping artists become small business owners or watching small business owners find the art in running their own lives and being their own boss. He calls himself “techy” and embraces technology. He says he likes to be up to date on the newest tech platforms, services, and opportunities. Matt also listen to metal music, wears kilts and firmly believe we all deserve the freedom to be our own boss and pursue our own passions as a way to make a living.
Jason Mitchell has been a design and illustration educator for 15 years. As an NAU graduate, he has done most of his professional work between Flagstaff, Arizona, and Portland, Oregon. Jason has done contract and freelance work for Nike, include projects with Michael Jordan and Lance Armstrong, W. L. Gore Medical, and has had work published in Juxtapoz magazine. He has helped numerous start-up companies with their branding, print materials, and web presence. While living in Portland, Jason opened and operated an art gallery, Artifact, in the Everett Station Lofts for two years where he promoted local Portland artist. He also showed his own paintings in several venues in the Portland area including Gallery Bink and Genuine Imitation Gallery.
A reporter, columnist, fiction author, and, of late, a playwright, Mary tells stories based in the Southwest and around the globe. Like most writers, she is curious about the world around her – from life in other countries to the minutia just outside her front door – and is happy to put her reflections onto the page. She often uses photographs to help tell the story.
After nearly 30 years as an award-winning newspaper reporter in New Mexico and Arizona, and as freelancer for multiple publications, she began teaching journalism at Northern Arizona University in 2001. She works to help her students find the very best words, best sentences, and best paragraphs to tell great stories. She pushes for strong interviews and well-crafted, colorful writing.
Her research has included small-town living in Winslow, Arizona, the lives of ranch women, multi-media developments in the field of journalism, and the challenges and privileges of world travel. Her articles and photos have been published in Irish American Magazine, Irish Times, LA Times, Arizona Republic, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe Reporter, Arizona Daily Sun, Trilogy Magazine and many more.
Her 10-minute play “Store for Men” was a winner in the 2012 Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase. With words and photographs, Tolan has most recently written about travel, Ireland, journalism, and the Long & Winding world of life.